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German elections 2017: Angela Merkel wins fourth term but AfD makes gains, exit poll says – live updates Exit poll puts Merkel’s CDU/CSU on 32%, with Social Democrats in second place on 20% AfD (Alternative for Germany) takes 13% and projected to be first far-right party to enter Bundestag in six decades 23m ago17:02 Exit poll: Merkel on course for fourth term, but big breakthrough for AfD Angela Merkel is heading for a fourth term as Germany’s chancellor after her centre-right CDU party and its CSU sister party won 32% of the vote, initial exit polls have projected. The estimation puts the Christian Democrats comfortably ahead of their outgoing coalition partner and main rival, the Social Democrat SPD party led by Martin Schulz, which ended a miserable campaign with just 20% – a near rout. But as predicted, the far-right, anti-immigration AfD has spoiled the chancellor’s party, clearing the 5% parliamentary threshold for the first time in its four-year history with a score of 13%, making it the third largest party in the Bundestag and possibly the official opposition. The smaller, pro-business FDP party, Merkel’s favoured coalition partner, looks set to return to parliament after missing out in 2013 with a share of 10%, while the Green party won 9% and the left-wing Die Linke 9%. (pictures are not from the original article) German elections 2017 - first results